Cervical Course

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Course Instructor: Dr. Rob Sillevis, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT-click for bio

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CEU’s: 18 hours

Course objectives


• Each participant will be able to identify and place their patients within the cervical classification system.

• Each participant will be able to identify treatments that will be utilized in the mobilization/ manipulation category.

• Each participant will be able to identify and classify body structures of their patients.

• Each participant will be able to palpate key structures in the cervical spine.

• Each participant will be able to perform an active and passive assessment of the cervical spine.

• Each participant will be able to identify mechanical, neurophysiological, and psychological effects from manipulation.

• Each participant will understand the value of pre-test/post-test measuring to evaluate the success of clinical intervention.

• Each participant will be able to treat hypomobility in the cervical and upper thoracic spine.

Cervical Course

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Course Description

This course will present a systematic approach to the management of patients with cervical related problems. The participant will improve their clinical reasoning and decision making process during the evaluation and treatment of neck related dysfunction. Neck disorders are very common and often lead to great health care expenditure. About 25% of all patient visits in outpatient physical therapy clinics present for the management of neck pain. In about 90% of these cases, the true patho-anatomical reason for the neck pain cannot be truly identified. As physical therapy moves toward direct access, each clinician will have to ask themselves how to assess cervical pain patients with the most reliable and evidence based techniques. This evaluation process should lead to the identification of dysfunctions which will place the patient within a cervical classification. This process should lead to the most ideal way to manage the cervical pain patient in the clinic. A variety of techniques that can be used within the management approach of the “neck pain patient” will be presented. This course is divided into 8 separate lessons, and after each lesson, a test will have to be completed to test knowledge on the material before the next lesson can be started. If you do not achieve a 90% passing score, you will have to retake that lesson’s test. After passing the test, you will not be able to go back to previous lessons; therefore, we suggest you copy the material as you proceed through the course. The course participant will be introduced to a structured evaluation process that includes the identification of yellow and red flags, neurological assessment, the use of clinical prediction rules when appropriate, and the identification of muscle and joint dysfunction. The treatment component of this course will introduce the participant to a variety of techniques to resolve hypomobility in the cervical spine. Several photographs and videos will allow for direct observation and better learning of the specific manipulation techniques. The mechanical, neurophysiological, and psychological effects of manipulation will be discussed based on the current evidence. After completion of this cervical course, the participant will be able to effectively identify in what classification their patient falls and treat them accordingly.